Bundle of Burning Birch Branches (r101) [Special]View in Item Database
DescriptionThis Bundle of Burning Birch Branches burns brighter the more children misbehave each year. This was given out by the Advent Calendar in Y24. Bundle of Burning Birch Branches

Multiuse


Average Rating [?]
6
Attack *fire**fire**fire**earth**earth**earth**earth**earth**earth**earth**dark**dark**dark**dark* OR *fire**fire**fire**fire**fire**fire**fire**earth**earth**earth**dark**dark**dark**dark*
Defense N/A
Reflect N/A
Effects N/A
Actual Icons
ATTACK EARTH 6.4 ATTACK FIRE 3 ATTACK DARKNESS 3.4  
Restocks At N/A
Used By N/A
Special Categorization Advent Calendar - This item was available at the Advent Calendar.
Notes Actual total iconage is 12.8.
Actual iconage for the set of 7 visible earth or fire is 6.4 icons. Actual dark iconage is 3.4. The set of 3 visible earth or fire icons is not fractional.
The Actual Icons above depict only one of the possible attack spreads - this is so that our Weapon Damage Calculator computes the correct damage output when this weapon is selected. Though this technically means the noted Actual Icons are not strictly correct, please do not send in a ticket about this.
Special thanks to businesscook08 for helping us find the precise fractional icon spread!
Ratings - Bundle of Burning Birch Branches
Rating:
6
Price/Power (3/5)
I never thought I'd rate an item from the advent calendar as not strong enough when it is 12.8 icons average but... I feel like at this point there are many other event items or similar powered items you could be using instead. While not everyone will have a Void Blade or Turned Tooth laying around, you should at least have the Roxtons Trusty Bowie Knife released in the same year's advent calendar milling about...

Countermeasures (5/5)
Alternating between more fire and more earth does make it harder to block; and while an item like a Pirate Captains Hat could help reduce this; the chances of it stopping the pain here is rather small. Something will likely get through fairly effectively, and single icon healers will require luck to pull off.

Alternatives Upgrades or Downgrades
I mean, there are loads of decent high icon items these days you may already own that fit the bill here in terms of raw power. Multiple were mentioned before; Ironically I would likely suggest the "at least more easy to read in its dishonesty" Bowling Ball of Lost Cities as another option. What is this icon inflation madness anyway?


Other Points (2 Deduction)
I dislike dishonest weapons like this where it is hard to know the actual attacking damage on face value. Even if it isn't horrible, I just feel like I don't want to reward such behaviour. Don't get me wrong, branches is likely an 8; but I can't let it win.

Final Thoughts
My burning hatred of dishonest items shines brightly in my review.

Rated on January 27, 2023